Transit: Transit-oriented development plan in S. Norwalk fueled by $222K from HUD

By ROBERT KOCH for the Hour

Norwalk will receive $222,464 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to plan transit-oriented development around the South Norwalk Train Station, according to a local official.

“It’s related to the transit-oriented development work around the train station with regards to planning,” said Timothy T. Sheehan, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency executive director. “It’s basically transit-oriented development which is related to sustainable neighborhoods.”

The money is part of $3.5 million awarded by HUD to cities, counties and regional planning organizations in the New York Metropolitan Area to integrate housing, economic development, transportation and environmental planning.

Under the coordination of the Regional Plan Association, Inc., an urban research and advocacy group, the entities will “develop livable communities and growth centers around existing and planned transit to enhance affordable housing efforts, reduce congestion, improvement the environment and continue to expand economic opportunities,” according to HUD.

Norwalk officials credited U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd and other members of the state’s legislative delegation in Washington, D.C., as well as the Regional Plan Association, for spearheading the effort.

At press conferences in Hartford and Bridgeport Friday, the delegation announced the $3.5 million award to plan and coordinate transit-oriented development along the Interstate 95 corridor, from New York City through New Haven

“As Connecticut communities recover from the recession, responsible and sustainable planning will help create affordable housing options for families, take advantage of our public transportation infrastructure, and spur economic development by connecting businesses with workers and consumers,” Dodd said. “This new funding will help revitalize.

[thehour.com]

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